Barack Obama met at the Chicago home of SRAM vice president F. K. Day with Bikes Belong executive director Tim Blumenthal and other board members of the Bikes Belong Coalition last week. Obama pledged support for increased funding of bicycle and pedestrian projects, including the Safe Routes to School program, if he’s elected president.
They always meet with defense contractors, big oil, automakers and the financial industry, but has any other sitting president or presidential candidate met with bike industry leaders and made a similar promise?
Does anybody know, for example, if Jimmy Carter promoted bicycling for transportation at all? I know that Ralph Nader believes cycling is too dangerous, saying that, “Competing on city streets against heavy motor vehicle traffic is not fair for a bike rider. I’d walk.”